SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – Junior quarterback Nick Cascione threw for 166 yards and a pair of touchdowns while running for another and senior Connor Kinzelmann ran for 136 yards leading Union to a 28-13 non-conference over Coast Guard in the first meeting between the two teams since 2005.
Cascione was 18 of 25 for 166 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 22 yards and a score as the Dutchmen evened their record at 1-1 on the season.
Union finished with 356 yards (189 rushing) while the Bears (1-1) had 328 total yards. Coast Guard was held to negative four yards rushing on 18 carries as Goldcamp was sacked four times.
Junior quarterback Ethan Goldcamp was 32 of 57 for 332 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.
Freshman Justin Moffatt led Coast Guard with career-highs of nine receptions and 91 yards while junior Chip Crowley had five receptions for 83 yards and senior Cody Bain had five catches for 63 yards for the Bears.
"They did a good job of disrupting our passing game by putting some pressure on us," said Coast Guard head coach Bill George. "We had some mistiming with our passing game and that is unusual. We battled to the end, we had a nice drive late in the game. I thought there were some lulls in the game, but this is a good team and we knew that going in."
There were plenty of fireworks for Union early in the first quarter. Kinzelmann had an 87-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage called back on a holding penalty. However, the Dutchmen went 87 yards on the opening possession and the drive was capped on a 43-yard touchdown pass from Cascione to sophomore Griffin Beal giving Union a 7-0 lead with 10:03 left in the first quarter.
Just 56 seconds later, junior linebacker Jack Reilly intercepted Goldcamp on the Bears second play from scrimmage and returned it 27 yards for a score for a 14-0 lead with 9:07 left in the opening quarter.
Coast Guard answered marching 70 yards capped on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Goldcamp to senior Cody Bain with 4:48 left and junior Cole Austin added the PAT cutting the deficit to 14-7 with 4:48 left in the quarter.
Both defenses would rise to the occasion as each team punted three straight times before Coast Guard junior Jake Behne's interception gave Coast Guard the ball at the Union 29-yard line with 6:27 left in the first half.
Coast Guard could not take advantage of the great field position and Austin missed a 42-yard field goal.
Union would take advantage going 74 yards in just five plays scoring on Cascione's 4-yard touchdown pass to senior Alex Kaplanovich giving the Dutchmen a 21-7 lead with four minutes left in the half. Kinzelmann had the big play, a 65-yard run down to the 2-yard line setting up the score.
Kinzlemann carried 12 times for 101 yards in the first half as Union had 213 yards of total offense in the first half while holding the Bears to 138 total yards in the opening half. Goldcamp was 15 of 25 for 113 yards and went over the 1,000 yard passing mark for his career in the first half.
Coast Guard went three-and-out using just 12 seconds to start the third quarter before Union chewed up clock, using 8:33, and went 68 yards with Cascione scoring on a 6-yard run with 6:09 left to cap the 18-play drive and take a 28-7 lead.
Union converted on fourth down three times as the Dutchmen converted 4th-and-1 from the Coast Guard 46 with a 3-yard run by Cascione, a 4th-and-4 from the Bears 37 on an 8-yard pass to senior tight end Ryan Hanney and finally a 4th-and-2 from the 22 as Cascione carried for six yards.
The Bears would drive to the Union 15, but turn the ball over on downs before the Dutchmen took over six minutes off the clock, punting with 9:34 left in the game.
Goldcamp threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Moffatt with 51 seconds left capping a 10-play, 86 yard drive, the extra point missed to close the scoring.
Chip Crowley recovered an onsides kick at the Union 45 with 50 seconds left, but the Bears did not score.
Behne led Coast Guard with nine tackles and the only interception.
"Our defense played well at times, got some stops and kept us in the game," said George. "We have to stay positive and move forward."
Coast Guard is back in action next week when the Bears host Nichols in the final non-conference game of the season on Saturday at 1:30.